The Student Health Center is partnering with the Knox County Health Department to spread the word about mosquito bite prevention. Different mosquitos spread different viruses and bite at different times of the day. Health department officials encourage doing all that you can to protect yourself, your family, and our community from the spread of mosquito-transmitted viruses.
As cases of the Zika virus continue to be reported in the United States, campus community members can turn to an online campus resource for information about the virus, signs and symptoms, and prevention.
One of the best defenses is to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds. If you see a container with standing water, empty it and dispose of it. UT Facilities Services works to eliminate standing water wherever possible throughout campus. Where this is not possible, the water is treated with an environmentally friendly process to interrupt the breeding cycle.
Preventing Mosquito Bites
The Knox County Health Department recommends that residents take the following precautions during mosquito season (generally April through October in East Tennessee):
- If you are outside when mosquitos are prevalent, wear protective clothing such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and socks.
- Use a mosquito repellent that contains DEET (the chemical N-N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) and follow the directions on the label. If you are concerned about using repellent products on children, consult a health care provider for advice.
- Ensure that your home has tight-fitting screens over windows and doors to keep mosquitoes from entering. Be sure that all screens are in good repair.
When traveling outside the US, it’s important to be aware of the diseases impacting the region you’re visiting, including those spread by mosquitos, and take steps to prevent bites. Read more information about taking care of your health before traveling.
Students eligible for care through the Student Health Center may schedule an appointment in with the Travel Medicine Clinic at 865 974-3648 before their planned travel. Read more mosquito bite prevention tips, especially before traveling to less developed countries.